7 Job Scams That You Could be Falling For

Getting out of debt can be accomplished if you have a job or start a blog/online business and looking for a job has never been so easy to do. All you have to do is open up your internet browser and search from the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, though it may be significantly easier to find a job, it is also a lot easier to get scammed. Here are seven things to look out for when you are searching for a job online.

1. Guaranteed exclusive government listings and position

This is a very common scheme where they offer you a special list of government jobs that no one can have access to without paying a small fee. They reel people in by saying that there are government positions available in their area and you can learn more with a small fee. The Federal Trade Commission says that any information on any government position is free and they are available at usajobs.gov. The applications are also free.

2. Charging you a small fee for the application

instagram recruiter page for chevron that is a scamLately there have been a lot of scammers who have been taking logos and company brands and acting as recruiters. They use companies that people trust and don’t think twice about checking them out before giving over money and information. One huge red flag would be that they have an @gmail.com. Any established company will have their own domain name after the @.

There are others that have been buying domain names that resemble the original to throw people off. If you feel uneasy about any application or job posting, do a little bit of research. Check the original website to see if they have their own email system and if it matches with the recruiter you are talking to.

3. They are desperate to hire

Though it is possible that this may happen, it is very rare that they would be desperate enough to not even interview you. When I wanted to work in Alaska, they needed people immediately, but they still required me to completely fill out the (free) application, complete an over the phone interview, and pass a background check.

If they pretty much say that you are hired after you have only given them your name and address, you should be suspicious before giving them any more information. Another sign that should lead to suspicion is if they say that “no skills are required.” “No experience necessary” would be fine because there are many entry level positions out there but you still need some sort of skills. This isn’t an automatic no-go, but be cautious before continuing.

4. They demand bank information or a credit cardEmail that asks for credit card information and bacnk information

Jobs sometimes do need information in order to provide direct deposit or to run a background check. A credit card should be a red flag though since they can’t deposit your paychecks into that. If you haven’t been hired and they have displayed any other scam signs, you definitely should not give them any of that information because they can steal all of your money.

5. You need to pay upfront

The FTC warns about schemes that say they need you to pay before you receive anything. There are close to no jobs that will require you to pay for the training in order to get the job position. The only thing that they may say is that you do not get paid for the training or you need to provide your own transportation to the site. The job in Alaska required me to provide my own transportation there, which was not great, but that is something that would make sense, since I am trying to go work in a whole different state.

Now if you are searching for an online position, those are a little tricky. If it is a position with a company, you shouldn’t have to pay for anything besides your own internet. If you are trying to get training to start your own business or blog, you may need to pay because you are receiving training only, they are not necessarily offering you a position.

Do know that there are those that will scam you into handing out thousands of dollars, and there are those that can offer free accounts, like Wealthy Affiliate, and then if you want further training and support, you would have to pay a monthly or yearly fee.

6. If they say that the job involves getting checks or if they “accidentally” overpay you

This is a scam that is common in “personal assistant” positions. The position usually says that you will be running errands, receiving packages and sending packages etc. They send you a check and then you keep your pay and everything else gets sent elsewhere. They can also “accidentally” over pay you and then ask you to send back the money.

They do this by using fake checks from faraway places. These checks take longer to get checked which provides enough time to purchase money cards/send back the money before the bank takes the money back when they find out it is fake.

If you feel that you are about to be scammed, call the bank that is on the check and talk to them. It takes less than 10 minutes to find out that that check has already been used/fake.

7. Last but not least, does it feel right?Gut feeling depicted by Cheetos as a cartoon

Your gut can be your biggest defense mechanism. If you feel that something is not right, do more research. Search for all the good reviews and the bad reviews. Check out their websites and see what those say. Don’t give any information until you feel that they are legit companies that truly want to hire you and not just scam you.

If you have any other tips and red flags to add to this list, please let us know in the comments below! Thank you for your time, have a lovely day!

Hello! My name is Adriana but you can call me Cheetos. I am just an artist on the road to financial freedom in order to travel the world with my beautiful man and pup. If you would like to know more, go to the about me or shoot me an email at cheetos@freefinallyfree.com. Also I had nothing to do with Jesus's bio info... >:D


  1. Theresa
    May 12, 2017

    Listening to your gut instinct is one of the best pieces of advice you can give anyone on this topic! The sad thing is that most people who fall for scams know in their gut that something isn’t right, but they’re so desperate for a job that they hold out hope and give it a chance anyway.

    I wasn’t aware that scamming was such a big thing for job applicants, so thank you for putting the warning out. I have encountered scammers in my freelance writing business, so I guess they will feed wherever they find people looking for work.

    1. Jesus Gallegos
      May 13, 2017

      The gut is so important and has always been a savior in evolution but we are becoming a bit too desperate to have things happen that we are willing to ignore it and give things a try. I hate that the scammers go after people trying to make an money. Most of those people are on their last cent and that is why they are on the search but these scammers just attack them. If only they would only go for the rich, the people who already have a lot of money and wouldn’t miss a few bucks here and there. Thank you for the awesome comment! Have an incredibly lovely day!


  2. Marlaine
    May 12, 2017

    Wow! Quite the interesting and rather scary post for those of us trying to find jobs via the online world! Is it just as easy for the fake jobs to be posted on official job database sites like Monster? Or are there safeguards in place there, and I could be safer applying through one of these?
    I think anytime someone asks me for money in order to get a job, I’d be immediately suspicious. I sure hope not many people fall for those!
    Thanks for the heads up article – I hope it saves many of us readers from falling into a bad situation!

    1. Adriana Olmedo
      May 13, 2017

      From what I have seen it is a little harder to post scams on sites like monster but they still happen until they are caught and removed. It’s like those are usually on top of it which makes it a little safer when I comes to applying for jobs. But like you said anytime anyone ever requires money in order to get a job, it is already suspicious because real employers almost never do that.

      At times there are those sales people (the type that have house “parties” to show products) where you sometimes have to purchase the product in order to be able to sell it but that isn’t until after you have already been approved to work with them. There are also other companies where if you buy their product you can automatically become a distributor and you get commissions from other people if they buy something using your links or seller id. This is different from a normal job scam because you got the job after you bought something that you were already going to buy do you know what I mean?

      Anyway thank you for the awesome comment and have an amazing day!


  3. Thabo
    May 12, 2017

    Hi Jesus,

    These can be tough times and of course everyone can make their lives better by getting reliable income to pay the bills. This makes it easy for job scams to thrive.

    One big job scam that always hits my neighborhood is the one that says “hundreds of jobs are now open at the post office.” The catch is that all you have to do is pay a small fee to get the heads-up on the exact positions.

    Well, I know most of the people at my post office as they have been there for years. When I go to inquire if such positions really exist, they always say no. The post office will always announce any open position and make such an announcement public. No need to pay anyone.

    Unfortunately a lot of people will just “jump” at the chance to get a good government job, and not be aware of the red flags. This is why your website is so helpful.

    1. Jesus Gallegos
      May 13, 2017

      Those do pop up a lot and people are interested in them because those scams claim that they pay a lot. They are all free to look at and like you said some announce it publicly. And it is very sad that people will just jump at the opportunity without really digging a little depper. I know I have fallen for those and as soon as I get the scammy email I realize my mistake. Thank you very much for the awesome comment! Have a marvelous day!



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